Do you want to give your kids a Christmas they’ll remember - without getting yourself into crushing debt or becoming a raging alcoholic?
You’re in the right place.
I’ve got 12 itty-bitty, super speedy, tasks you can do while you watch your latest Netflix binge - Sabrina, anyone?
And before you start egg-nogging my house, and screaming ‘It’s not even Thanksgiving yet!’, hear me out!
Just think how good it’ll feel in December when you can actually enjoy the holiday season, instead of resenting the crap out of anything red and bearded!
Read on, mama! Here are 12 super quick ways to prepare for Christmas in November.
1 | Set Up Your Christmas Organizing HQ
Christmas involves a lot of planning.
So decide now - AKA nice and early - where you’re going to do all your Christmas planning.
Here are some options for you:
* Find a fancy-ass Christmas planner - try Amazon.
* Search Pinterest and download some cute free Christmas planner pages
* Create a Google Sheet - I LOVE to use a Google Sheet for planning Christmas
* Buy a special notebook or bullet journal - Amazon is a good place to find one
Pick one and use it.
2 | Set a Budget for Christmas
Planning Christmas is a bit like planning a wedding - costs can spiral out of control pretty damn quick if you aren’t 100% sure about what your budget is.
Once you’ve set a budget, break it down into categories like:
* Kids’ gifts
* Other family gifts
* Christmas decor
* Trips and visits
And if you’re freaking out right now about how much money you DON’T have, there’s still time to side-hustle your way to a debt-free Christmas.
Check out these helpful posts:
*74 Creative ways to make money
*18 easy side-hustles for moms
* 17 easy ways to have Christmas on a budget
BONUS TIP - Set up a separate savings account and from January 2019 put away a bit of money for Christmas each month. By December you’ll have a nice little bundle of cash for Christmas 2019.
3 | Create a Christmas Card and Gift List
Just create a list of all the people you need to send cards to and another list of people you need to buy gifts for.
BONUS TIP - why not collect all their addresses too, so you can send off those season’s greetings super quick when December rolls around.
4 | Order a Letter from Santa
This is the magic, right here!
Do you want your little darlings to get personalised letters from Santa?
I’m going to assume you said, yes.
So head over to Etsy and pick one that you love - and get it ordered now.
There are some beautiful letters to choose from with amazing calligraphy and cute bows.
5 | Collect Gift Ideas
Now you have a list of people you need to buy for, start collecting gift ideas. So you’ll be ready to shop on Black Friday.
You can keep a simple list in a notebook or create a Pinterest board.
Look out for gift guides on Pinterest if you’re struggling to find the perfect present for that awkward to buy for person in your life.
BONUS TIP: Add ‘batteries’ to the top of your shopping list!
6 | Prepare for 1st December
Make sure your advent calendar game is strong, mama.
Now’s the time to scour Pinterest for cute DIY ideas, if that’s your jam.
Or Amazon, if that’s how you roll.
And if you’re planning on doing a reading advent calendar this year - where you wrap up a book for your kids to open each day of December - now’s the time to prep. Start stalking ebay and charity shops.
In our house, I’m planning on giving my son a little basket of things to open on 1 December: Christmas books, pyjamas, socks and other shit like that.
Don’t let December sneak up on you!
7 | Make a Hot chocolate Station
OK, so this is more of a ‘Winter’ thing than a ‘Christmas’ thing.
But it’s getting cold, Arctically cold.
So set up a hot chocolate station in your kitchen.
You can find tons of cute ideas on Pinterest but I’m thinking cute Christmas mugs, mini marshmallows, chocolate sprinklings and tiny candy canes. Throw in a fun and free printable in a cheap frame and you’re done.
If you don’t feel like Martha Stewart after you’ve done this, I’ll eat my tiara.
8 | Put Together a Gift Wrapping Kit
Don’t wait until Christmas Eve to discover that you’ve run out of tape.
Head over to Amazon or Target and load up on wrapping paper, ribbon, tape and gift tags.
Extra points if you also buy an Elf hat to wear while you wrap gifts.
Need to do some decluttering before Christmas?
If your house is already bursting at the seams, think how much worse it’s going to get over Christmas!!
Get ahead of the game with these helpful posts:
198 Things you can get rid of without shedding a tear
9 | Plan some Fun Kids’ Christmas Crafts
Christmas is about spending time together.
So create a new Pinterest board called ‘Christmas Crafts for Kids’ and find some fun, budget-friendly crafts you can do with the kids.
Don’t go mad - just choose 3 or 4 activities that you think the kids will love. Double check you have all the supplies.
Can’t face Pinterest? Check out these 14 easy Christmas crafts for kids to do.
10 | Write a December Bucket List
Another fun one, right?
Start making a list of all the movies to watch, books to read, places to visit, and games to play you want to do during December.
Get the whole family involved in making the list. And then think about what you can realistically do with your time and budget.
Don’t forget to include all the cosy books you want to read over Christmas.
11 | Plan the Family Christmas Photos
Kids grow up so fast!
So be sure to plan all the Christmas photos you want to take this year.
Remember to take a few embarrassing ones - you’ll need all the blackmail material you can get for when they’re teenagers! Christmas jumpers at the ready!!!
12 | Plan a Special North Pole Breakfast for Christmas Day
I’ve never done this before.
But I am so onboard with this idea this year.
Scour Pinterest for fun breakfast ideas - don’t forget the Champagne and orange juice for you.
Remember to keep it simple and fun.
13 | Check Your Christmas Decor (BONUS STEP)
Yes, I’m telling you to get your Christmas baubles out in November!!
Go through all the holiday decor you have and decide what you actually *need* to buy this year.
This means you won’t find yourself wandering around Target getting sucked into ‘I’ll just buy ONE more plaid cushion cover’.
Throw away or donate any Christmas decor you don’t need or want.
How to Prepare for Christmas in November
There you go - 12 simple tasks you can do in November to make this year a magical budget-friendly Christmas.
Come the holiday season, you’ll be as organized AF and not at all a homicidal grinch mainlining eggnog.
Don’t forget to pin for later.
Tell me in the comments - what are you looking forward to most about Christmas this year?